The Taste of Praise

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:3

One of my favorite things to do is to have what my wife, Michele, calls our “Big Family Breakfast” every Saturday. We actually have a small family – it’s the breakfast that’s big! Sometimes we have bacon and eggs; sometimes it’s sausage and pancakes. I like my pancakes with real maple syrup. And, of course, we drink Florida orange juice with our meal.

Every now and then, though, I make a strategic breakfast mistake. I’ll take a bite of my pancake, and then drink the orange juice. As a result, the orange juice – which is normally very sweet – tastes incredibly sour.

It’s hard to understand exactly how taste works, and why some combinations taste great (strawberries and cream, for example), while others taste horrible (like OJ right after you brush your teeth or take a bite of a syrupy pancake). The short answer is that the taste centers in our brain interpret some combinations as more pleasant than others.

I’ve read that in Africa, they have a fruit called the “taste berry.” When you eat it, it changes your taste so that everything, including sour fruit, becomes sweet for several hours after eating the berry.

Praise is like a spiritual “taste berry.” When we begin to praise the Lord, the things in our lives that seemed sour, bitter, or unpleasant are transformed by worshipping Him.

That’s why it’s so important to come together with other believers for worship each week. We sweeten each others’ lives through corporate praise in the church. That’s why it’s also vital to make praise a part of your personal prayer time each day. Thanksgiving and praise should always be part of our prayers.

Today as you pray, make sure to spend some time praising the Lord.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!